Yes, I have now learnt and started pyrography aka wood-burning etches, and will make more on commission (the prices are here [link]
in my journal).
Following on from my first and second 'old page' style deviations [link]
I decided to start a new series of old-style pages containing facts about werewolves from various different cultures all around the world (all written and drawn in the style of the culture it came from, hence why the wolf and man in this deviation looks nothing like my normal style of drawing and why my hand-writing is different). These old pages shall be used in my movie (I will not reveal the reasons yet, since the story is too early in development to release any spoilers) So I will ask you NOT to use any of them please.
This one is about the less monstrous werewolf of Scottish and Shetland folklore; the Wulver. Actually since the Wulver doesn't shape-shift nor have any human-origins it can't really be classed as a werewolf...but it's still got a place in lycanthropic mythology regardless for some reason.
The text is as usual written in the style and language of the culture it came from, but while the Wulver legend was the easiest to research and learn about, the language and art-style wasn't (hell it took me bloody ages to find an authentic wulver image from the correct type period and country to learn from). I had to go through dozens of scottish sites to try and find how they used to talk and write like in the 14th century and before. In case it's too hard to read on the wooden pages, here's what it says:
Thare be a streenge unbeast frae the Shetland Islands that be hauf man and hauf wouf, shapit like a man but happit wi short broun hair, wi a wouf’s head.
The Wulver keeps to itsel an be nae crabbit if left in peace.
It takes na ither shape but its ain, wanderin fowk believe it tae be an immortal wicht.
Wulvers aften mak thair homes in caves howkit oot o the sides o a stey knowe hauf-wey upby a hillheid.
Thir unbeasts hiv an ire for fishing, thay will sit on a craig in the deep watter whit fowk call ‘The Wulver’s Stane’, thare frae that Stane thay will guddle for sillaks an piltaks oor efter oor.
Wulvers winna hairm fowk unless fowk hairm thaim first, Wulvers at a time will lead wanderin fowk tae a nearby toun or veelage, thay will even set some nice caller fish on the windowsill o a puir family! Och whit a streenge unbeast the Wulver be!
And this is basically what it says in moder-day english (I've actually lost the english translation I did...so forgive me if I mess up coz' I'm having to type it all again)
there is a strange creature from the Shetland Islands that is half man and half wolf, shaped like a man but covered with short brown hair, with a wolf’s head.
The Wulver keeps to itself and is not ill-tempered if left in peace.
It takes no other shape but its own, travellers believe it is an immortal spirit.
Wulvers often make their homes in caves dug out of the sides of a steep knowe half-way up a hill.
These creatures have a passion for fishing, they will sit on a rock in the deep water which folk call ‘The Wulver’s Stane’, there from that Stane they will guddle for sillaks an piltaks hour after hour.
Wulvers won't harm folk unless folk harm them first, Wulvers at a time will lead travellers to a nearby town or village, they will even leave some nice fresh fish on the windowsill of a poor family! Oh what a strange creature the Wulver is!
...Yeah...definitely not your stereotypical blood-thirsty man-eating werewolf, but what always confuses me about a wulver; is why does it fish? Sure wolves do sometimes eat fish that they catch in rivers in reality, but it's not a main part of it's diet, and both Scotland and the Shetland islands have dozens of deer (particularly red deer), so if a Wulver was real why not hunt deer? In fact hunting deer would be much more useful for poor families since there's more meat. Yes the Wulver is a strange wolfman indeed, hence why it's one of my favorites; it stands out in the werewolf crowd. XD
(PS: I haven't got a frikkin clue what piltaks and sillaks are, couldn't find any translations or definitions for them anywhere so I'm guessing that they're either a type of fish or a scottish term for small and big fish, so please don't ask me what piltaks and sillaks are because I honestly do not know, lol.)
Wood-burned drawings and writing (c)
Please feel free to comment, and again I appologise if my attempt at scottish-translating isn't very accurate. ^_^